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Food safety paramount during the Olympic Games

Posted: January 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Strict measures are being taken in the run-up to the Olympic Games this summer in an attempt to respond rapidly to any unusual symptoms and to prevent any outbreaks of food poisoning. It is believed that the most likely health problems will be bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting in the Olympic Village, where 17,000 athletes and officials will be staying. Any outbreak is cause for concern, even more so when the eyes of the world will be on the UK…. Read more »

Does the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 apply to your organisation?

Posted: January 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order actually came into effect in October 2006, and it applies to various business premises, situations and people: • All business premises are covered by the regulations, whether they are run by an employer or a self-employed businessperson. • They cover any areas of a residential dwelling that are only used for business purposes. • Charities and voluntary organisations are also covered by the regulations. • Any business providing accommodation for paying customers must comply… Read more »

Bakelite museum falls foul of fire safety standards

Posted: January 19th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A quirky museum in Somerset is facing closure if it cannot raise the money to bring its building up to modern fire safety standards. The museum has been based for the last twenty years in an old flour mill crammed full of period features, such as the very steep wooden staircases. The owner remains convinced that the preserved historic features of the mill contribute to the quality of the experience offered by the museum, and argues that any internal structural… Read more »

Demolition worker receives community service for health and safety breaches

Posted: January 18th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In January of last year, demolition workers were clearing the site of a demolished hospital wing in Kent. They were searching for bricks that could be reclaimed, and one of the workers decided to use an excavator machine to hold the bricks. Despite the fact that the demolition worker had no training or the authorisation to operate the excavator (which still had the keys in the ignition), he went ahead regardless. He then lost control of the vehicle and caused… Read more »

An absence of effective safeguards on machinery can have devastating consequences

Posted: January 17th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Factory workers are exposed to a particular risk as they carry out their jobs. They work with often very large machines that can pose a significant risk to life and limb if they are not fitted with the correct safeguards, including: • Conveyors must be bolted into position, and the machine must cut the power supply should the conveyor be removed. • Guarding should be put in place to prevent operators from gaining access to the machine while it can… Read more »

Workers engulfed in fireball in Telford

Posted: January 17th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An incident at an industrial unit in Telford in August 2010 provided a dramatic demonstration of the necessity of fire safety training in the workplace, after two workers were engulfed in a ball of fire. The workers had been asked to locate the cause of an underground water leak at the empty industrial unit, and had been instructed to dig at a particular spot by the manager of the site. The workers did as requested using an electrical drill. Unfortunately,… Read more »

Five-star hotel fined for case of food poisoning

Posted: January 16th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

You would expect the best at a five-star hotel, especially when it comes to the freshness and quality of the food that is served there. You may also expect the staff to be trained to an exceptionally high standard. This didn’t appear to be the case at a five-star hotel in Hampshire, however, when in Christmas 2010, a chicken liver parfait was served that would go on to cause an outbreak of food poisoning. Guests who had attended a Christmas… Read more »

Why bother with a first-aid refresher course?

Posted: January 15th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Employers are required by law to provide adequate first-aid equipment and qualified personnel in order to ensure that any employees who fall ill or have an accident while at work are able to receive effective and immediate treatment. Once an employee has successfully completed a first-aid at work course, he or she is then qualified to act as a first-aider for three years. Once this time period has lapsed, they must then take the assessment again. Although it is not… Read more »

Thorntons fined over fractured finger

Posted: January 15th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

An absence of adequate guarding on a foil wrapping machine was found to be the cause of injury to a woman working for a Thorntons factory in Derbyshire. The woman had been attempting to clean the machine with a cloth during a break in production, when the cloth became trapped in rotating parts, dragging her hand into the machine. She suffered a fractured finger that kept her off work for ten weeks. The incident prompted an audit of the other… Read more »

Spotlight on listeria

Posted: January 14th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can be found in some foodstuffs. Most of us have heard of it, but do you know where it is most commonly found? Pâté, butter, soft cheeses and soft blue cheeses, cooked sliced meats, smoked salmon and pre-packaged sandwiches have all been found to contain traces of listeria. Most people who find themselves infected having eaten foods containing listeria suffer from flu-like symptoms, vomiting and diarrhoea that disappear after a few days. In some… Read more »

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